Lungu dashes back to Copperbelt

Outgoing President Edgar Lungu is today expected to go back to the Copperbelt again for campaigns before he heads for his last trip as Head of State to Saudi Arabia on Monday where he goes to meet the Dubai based Alghuraair Printing and Publishing Plc owners that are printing ballots for Zambia.
After failing to hold the rally in Kitwe, Lungu is going back to try and keep making peace with the annoyed Copperbelt residents who he wants to cheat that the loss of jobs was not his own making but it was global.
But one thing he won’t admit is that it is not the first time Copper prices have fallen down that sharply on the global economy but still not many people have lost so many jobs in the past.
In fact late Levy Mwanawasa’s administration faced a much worse economic downturn with Anglo-American pulling out and the prices were around US $2000 per tone but no jobs were lost as compared to the current prices at US $ 4000 under PF but with massive job losses.
Lungu and his PF leadership will also not tell miners that the PF Government has created instability in the mining sector through inconsistency mining tax regime and are owing mining houses millions of dollars in VAT refunds, hence creating loss in investor confidence as this is the money they would have used to cushion themselves in times such as these.
Lungu and the likes of Kambwili will also not tell the miners and Zambians that they have collapsed the economy by borrowing more than US7 billion dollars within 5 years the same debt Kaunda’s UNIP regime only managed to accrue in 27 years.
But of course Lungu and his PF leadership will cheat the miners and the Copperbelt community that opposition UPND President Hakainde Hichilema is to blame for job loses for the consultancy services he offered to the Late Frederick Chiluba’s MMD regime more than 20 years ago.
But HH was not even working for government, infact he was also just an employee of a company that was among the many that offered consultancy services to the MMD regime.
And by the way, HH offered advise which was largely ignored by the then regime, and it was within the right of government to take the advice or leave it.
And of course, that was more than 20 years ago so not sure how the impact could only be felt now when successive regime of Chiluba, Mwanawasa, Rupiah Banda, and Sata never faced the problems.
Infact despite being a thief, Rupiah Banda managed the Global economic downturn that even affected powerful nations such as the European Union and the USA in 2008.

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